There is this related M.Y. question about women joining a men's siyum.

If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate can / should they make a siyum? I know that women cannot form a minyan, however, everal related questions to the siyum activities:

  • Can a woman say the hadran and following paragraphs without a minyan, or should she have a man say it?
  • You would need a minyan (10 men) to say the Kaddish at the end. If you have that, can / should the woman say the Kaddish? If not, why would that be a different rule than a woman saying the Mourner's Kaddish in a minyan?
  • If you do have a minyan, can the woman recite the ending Mishnah to make the siyum, or should a man do it? Can a man do it if he did not complete or read part of the tractate?
  • Considering that if there is a minyan (esp. for Kaddish) that means that there isa mixed crowd, must there be a mechitza (partition) during the recital of the last Mishnah, the hadran and / or the Kaddish?

Harav Beari addresses this question here:
He asks firstly whether it is dependent on the obligation to learn Torah, which is primarily a Mitzva for men (as opposed to children), etc.
He quotes the 'Tzafnad Pa'aneach' who explains why children can make a Siyum, before questioning whether there may be a difference (as children may have more of an obligation).
He quotes 'Shut Minchas Dovid 5-99' who writes that wome don't make a Siyum on completing the Torah, though writes that if one learned something that would help her in her Mitzva observance, then she should make a Siyum on that.

Unfortunately, he doesn't address whether the woman says Kaddish and your other questions.

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    Who is Rabbi beari? – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 24 '15 at 20:13
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    @Mefaresh, I have no idea, but anyone who finds, understands and quotes the Tzafnad Pa'aneach has to be able to do some serious research. – Yishai Jun 24 '15 at 20:20
  • "if one learned something that would help her in her Mitzva observance, then she should make a Siyum on that" which is most masechtos. Almost all halachos apply to men and women equally. – Heshy Apr 7 at 14:16

In the podcast Daf Yomi for Women (soon to be renamed Hadran Daf Yomi for Women), the speaker, Michelle Cohen Farber, does say Hadran at the conclusion of masechtot. She doesn't have a man say it for her and the women who learned with and from her. She does not, as far as I recall, say kaddish because there is presumably not a minyan of men present.

A mechitza is required only for a service containing shmona esrei (shacharit, mincha, maariv, musaf or neila) that meets regularly. An occasional minyan (such as at a wedding for example) does not require a mechitza but only that men & women stand/sit separately rather than mixed. Similarly, a service that doesn't include shmona esrei, such as the wedding itself (the "chuppah" as event) requires that people be seperate, but not a mechitza per se. So a siyum wouldn't require a mechitza.

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  • Anecdotal evidence from feminist activity is not an answer to a Halachic question. – chortkov2 Jan 4 at 17:43
  • @chortkov2 Are you aware of groups you wouldn’t identify as feminist who make a siyum masechta? – Ze'ev misses Monica Jan 4 at 23:15
  • Nope. And that is irrelevant to the halachic question posed. – chortkov2 Jan 5 at 7:00
  • @chortkov2, here is not the place for lengthy discussion, so we can continue this in chat if needed, but the question is explicitly about women learning Talmud. If you think women learning Talmud is inherently feminist and therefore inherently bad, go on to some other question. But what women who make siyums do hints at an answer in two ways: 1) maybe they asked their rebeeim and are doing what they are told and 2) "go see what people do" is a method of discovering halacha present in the gemara. – Ze'ev misses Monica Jan 5 at 19:38
  • Indeed - but maybe they didn't. Observing a generally accepted custom is a valid method of discovering gemara; observing the practice of random yechidim is not. All the more so when the people you are observing have an agenda besides for keeping Halacha. – chortkov2 Jan 6 at 11:57

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